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Women’s Test Cricket, Asia Cup 2022 and Four Team Tournament was discussed in the current ICC Meeting

Sri-Lanka may end up losing the Asia Cup 2022 because of the current hype and the struggling situation the are going through.

The Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) was just held at Dubai on Friday (April 08).

Since the COVID-19 pandemic the chief executives are meeting in person for the second times to schedule the future tours programmes (FTP) as cricket board get together for the ICC’s quarterly meeting.

Women’s Test Cricket & Prize Money Structure:

Women’s Test are in consideration for the ICC members even though the global cricket body have strong opinion against it. They don’t want to launch a WWTC- Women’s World Test Championship so early. An Important member of ICC revealed, “No, there can’t be a WWTC but the discussions will be more about the role of test cricket for women.”

ICC open to bridge gap between women and men’s prize money. The ICC’s chief executive Geoff Allardice has said, “Discussions are on to bridge the gap between women and men’s prize money in cricket’s global competition”. In the next Eight Year Circle starting from 2024 to 2031, the apex body of the game plans to bring in parity in prize money for podium finisher in men’s and women’s tournament.

Even, the ICC had doubled the prize money of the last Women’s ODI World Cup to USD 1.32 million, it is still less than of 2019 men’s ODI world cup by USD 6.5 million.

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India-Pakistan to meet again?

The new four team series event was proposed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja that has received attention in the meeting.  Now England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made a pitch in the meeting. Though the current law of ICC restricts the tournament maximum of Triangular series.

No fourth team can make it a quadrangular series but the CEO of ECB said that the members should be allowed to organize Four- nation Championship at convenient windows. Harrison’s call is independent of PCB’s project involving India, Pakistan, England and Australia.

 What about Afghanistan Cricket:

After the Taliban invasion in Afghanistan. It’s really difficult for the players to play the game with full spirit especially for the Women’s cricket team. The ICC will review the situation of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

At its previous meeting in November, the ICC Board appointed Four-person committee to review the condition of ACB after such Governmental changes. The chairman of the committee Mr Imran Khawaja will report back to the ICC.

Sri-Lanka to lose Asia Cup 2022:

Asia Cup 2022 was supposed to happen in September in Sri Lanka. But the current situation of Sri Lanka is not under control. The Govt in the verge of downfall and tremendous prize hike of every essential commodity made the situation worse. ICC will take the call only after the bi-lateral series of Sri Lanka against Australia in June-July.

 

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